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Istvan Hont and Political Theory

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Original languageEnglish
Early online date17 Jun 2018
Accepted/In press21 May 2018
E-pub ahead of print17 Jun 2018


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This article explores the relevance of the work of Cambridge historian of political thought Istvan Hont to contemporary political theory. Specifically, it suggests that Hont's work can be of great help to the recent realist revival in political theory, in particular via its lending support to the account favoured by Bernard Williams, which has been a major source for recent realist work. The paper seeks to make explicit the main political theoretic implications of Hont's historically-focused work, which in their original formulations are not always easy to discern, as well as itself being a positive contribution to realist theorising, moving beyond a merely negative critique of dominant moralist positions.

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